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The San Francisco Giants have made it clear that they're shopping starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner this winter in his final year under contract with the team. With the Giants trending down and in need of prospects to build for the future, it's logical that they would make their biggest trade asset available.
Let's take a look at three teams that should be at the center of the discussion when it comes to trading for Bumgarner.
3. Philadelphia Phillies
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The Phillies have been saving up money for years for this summer in an effort to sign both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Adding Bumgarner would be a perfect consolation prize if they aren't able to land one or either of those guys. Bumgarner would also be a great cherry on top, if they are able to pull off the impossible and land both superstars. The Phillies may not have as strong a farm system as other teams on this list, but they definitely seem to be all in on 2019. Creating a rotation with Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta and Bumgarner would be scary for opposing teams.
2. Washington Nationals
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It doesn't look like the Washington Nationals are going to be resigning Harper this offseason, so they'll need to make a splash in other ways. If their hitting is going to take a dip, then the most logical thing to do would to be improve their pitching staff. After selling off a portion of it at the trade deadline with Gio Gonzalez being sent to Milwaukee for prospects, landing Bumgarner to pair with Scherzer would help the Nationals create arguably the most dominant one-two punch in all of baseball.
1. New York Yankees
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman has made one thing very clear this offseason, he's going after top-tier starting pitching. Bumgarner might just be the best pitcher available this offseason. The Yankees have one of, if not the most-loaded farm system in all of Major League Baseball, but they don't have a place to put everyone. There have been rumors of the Yankees going after Bumgarner if he was made available, so expect Cashman to at the very least pick up the phone and find out what the asking price is.
With starting pitching most definitely the Yankees biggest weakness, don't be surprised if the they land Bumgarner based solely on the plethora of valuable prospects they have compared to other potential suitors. You have to consider them the leaders in the clubhouse at this point, but as we've seen in past years, anything can happen at the Winter Meetings.
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